Run, run, run... Work, family, obligations. That is my life, and while I love it, it is weekends like these that make it all worthwhile. Yes, I admit, I love my crazy life, but in the end it is being able to enjoy the pleasures of life that is so great. Take my vacation to Italy this summer, along the Amalfi Coast. Oh it was wonderful. But as great as it was, I still believe spending a weekend with my quilting sisters, doing nothing but quilting, chatting and laughing is even better! Crazy right?
Think about it... and you just might agree...
I spent 4 days with 62 women, who all love to do the same thing I love, yet who won't care a bit if I sewed all weekend, or just strolled around chatting with everyone, never opening up my machine... Who encourage me to stretch my boundaries, but yet are just as happy if I just sewed squares all weekend. No demands, no expectations, just be there and allow yourself to fuel your tank anyway it needs to be fed!
On top of all that these women are amazing artists, all at different levels of self awareness, accomplishment and notoriety. This was the groups 20th year of getting together (I have only been a member for 6 years). To celebrate we put on a show that we opened to the public. One viewer who is the president of one of the largest Northeast Guilds made a very valid observation....how often do you get to see a wonderful show, where all the quilters are in attendance and of whom you can asked questions on technique and materials? I would venture to say never.. That is except for last weekend. All but one of the 50+ quilts, were made by someone at the retreat/show!
I didn't not take pictures of them all, but I did take pics of some that were new to me or moved in such a way I wanted to share them with you...
Here are pieces made by Yuanita Yaeger...http://www.juanitayeager.com
Here are some quilts by Lola Jenkins. Lola was our featured speaker for the weekend as well. She is not a member of the group, but we are hoping she decides to come back and join us again.